Program / Speaker and panelist bios
ESG and sustainability experts will gather from around the country for the fourth annual
Marquette Business “Marquette Sustainability 2.0 Conference” to discuss how the adoption of
ESG and sustainability standards in business and industry continue to give rise to an emerging
paradigm for responsible and ethical business practice.
Save the date! Details and agenda will be posted soon.
Kristina Wyatt - Chief Sustainability Officer, Persefoni
As one of the SEC's chief advisors and architects of the new rule, Kristina Wyatt, now the Chief Sustainability Officer for Persefoni, a leading climate disclosure and carbon management solution, she continues to provide leadership to industry on the issue of decarbonization.
We are excited to welcome Kristina along with other thought leaders and experts from across industry for the fourth annual event, the Midwest's largest conference on sustainable finance and business. Last year we hosted investment firms representing $3.2 trillion in assets under management and companies with a market cap of nearly $500 billion.
Mr. Dan Pickering, Founder and CIO, Pickering Energy Partners
Dan Pickering is the Chief Investment Officer of Pickering Energy Partners (PEP). PEP manages client assets via energy strategies focused primarily on public markets and private equity. Prior to PEP, Mr. Pickering served as the President of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. and Chief Investment Officer of TPH Investment Management. Dan has spent 26 years as an energy portfolio manager, researcher and analyst, first at Fidelity Investments (where he managed ~$1 billion of energy sector funds), then as Head of Research at Simmons & Company and as the founding partner of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
Mr. Brent Ridge, President and CEO, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Prior to Dairyland, Ridge served as Vice President, Corporate Services, and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Energy Northwest (Richland, Wash.). His responsibilities included finance, treasury, enterprise risk management, asset management, human resources, supply chain, information services and energy services and development. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Corporate Nuclear Safety Review Board for Columbia Generating Station. Earlier in his career at Energy Northwest, Ridge served as Asset Manager, Controller and Chief Risk Officer. He was also the manager of Construction and Maintenance Services, responsible for power plant modifications, outage and online major maintenance, facilities and commercial engineering.
For more info on panelists, see speaker and panelist bios page
New SEC Climate Disclosure Rules Panel - Wednesday (1:15 - 2:10 p.m.)
Intro: Matt Franklin, FactSet
Moderator: Christopher K. Merker, Marquette University
Energy Policy and Practice Panel - Wednesday (2:30 – 3:25 p.m.)
Intro: Leo Harmon, Mesirow Financial
Moderator: Erin Stanek, Baird
Water Policy and Practice Panel - Wednesday (3:45-4:40 p.m.)
Intro: Dr. Craig Jonas, Co-Peace
Moderator: Karen Frost, The Water Council
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Policy and Practice - Thursday (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)
Intro: Phil Gaechter, Nuveen
Moderator: Chuck Adams, LCW
Breakout – ESG Investing Panel (Thursday 9:45-10:45 a.m.)
Intro: Marston Fries, Invesco
Moderator: Nick Kummer, President, CFA Society Milwaukee
Breakout – Impact and Real Assets Panel (Thursday 9:45-10:45 a.m.)
Intro: John Mueller, Dana Investment
Moderator: Dan Renouard, Marquette